What does qualify mean?

Definitions for qualify
ˈkwɒl əˌfaɪqual·i·fy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. qualify, measure upverb

    prove capable or fit; meet requirements

  2. qualifyverb

    pronounce fit or able

    "She was qualified to run the marathon"; "They nurses were qualified to administer the injections"

  3. qualify, restrictverb

    make more specific

    "qualify these remarks"

  4. qualify, disposeverb

    make fit or prepared

    "Your education qualifies you for this job"

  5. stipulate, qualify, condition, specifyverb

    specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement

    "The will stipulates that she can live in the house for the rest of her life"; "The contract stipulates the dates of the payments"

  6. qualify, characterize, characteriseverb

    describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of

    "You can characterize his behavior as that of an egotist"; "This poem can be characterized as a lament for a dead lover"

  7. modify, qualifyverb

    add a modifier to a constituent


  1. qualifynoun

    An instance of throwing and catching each prop at least twice.

  2. qualifyverb

    To describe or characterize something by listing its qualities.

  3. qualifyverb

    To make someone, or to become competent or eligible for some position or task.

  4. qualifyverb

    To certify or license someone for something.

  5. qualifyverb

    To modify, limit, restrict or moderate something; especially to add conditions or requirements for an assertion to be true.

  6. qualifyverb

    To mitigate, alleviate (something); to make less disagreeable.

  7. qualifyverb

    To compete successfully in some stage of a competition and become eligible for the next stage

  8. qualifyverb

    To throw and catch each object at least twice.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To QUALIFYverb

    Etymology: qualifier, Fr.

    Place over them such governors, as may be qualified in such manner as may govern the place. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    I bequeath to Mr. John Whiteway the sum of one hundred pounds, in order to qualify him for a surgeon. Jonathan Swift, Will.

    That which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified in; and the best of me is diligence. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    She is of good esteem,
    Her dowry wealthy, and of worthy birth,
    Beside so qualified, as may beseem
    The spouse of any noble gentleman. William Shakespeare.

    I have heard,
    Your grace hath ta’en great pains to qualify
    His rig’rous course. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    I do not seek to quench your love’s hot fire,
    But qualify the fire’s extreme rage,
    Lest it should burn above the bounds of reason. William Shakespeare.

    I have drunk but one cup to-night, and that was craftily qualified too; and behold what innovation it makes here. Sha.

    They would report that they had records for twenty thousand years, which must needs be a very great untruth, unless we will qualify it, expounding their years not of the revolution of the sun, but of the moon. George Abbot.

    It hath so pleased God to provide for all living creatures, wherewith he hath filled the world, that such inconveniences, as we contemplate afar off, are found, by trial and the witness of men’s travels, to be so qualified, as there is no portion of the earth made in vain. Walter Raleigh, Hist. of the World.

    So happy ’tis you move in such a sphere,
    As your high majesty with awful fear
    In human breasts might qualify that fire,
    Which kindled by those eyes had flamed higher. Edmund Waller.

    Children should be early instructed in the true estimate of things, by opposing the good to the evil, and compensating or qualifying one thing with another. Roger L'Estrange.

    My proposition I have qualified with the word, often; thereby making allowance for those cases, wherein men of excellent minds may, by a long practice of virtue, have renered even the heights and rigours of it delightful. Francis Atterbury.

    He balms and herbs therto apply’d,
    And evermore with mighty spells them charm’d,
    That in short space he has them qualify’d,
    And him restor’d to health, that would have dy’d. Edmund Spenser.

    It hath no larinx or throttle to qualify the sound. Brown.


  1. qualify

    To qualify means to be eligible or have the necessary skills or attributes for a certain position, role, opportunity, or category. It can also refer to the action of making a statement less absolute by specifying or modifying certain conditions or limitations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Qualifyverb

    to make such as is required; to give added or requisite qualities to; to fit, as for a place, office, occupation, or character; to furnish with the knowledge, skill, or other accomplishment necessary for a purpose; to make capable, as of an employment or privilege; to supply with legal power or capacity

  2. Qualifyverb

    to give individual quality to; to modulate; to vary; to regulate

  3. Qualifyverb

    to reduce from a general, undefined, or comprehensive form, to particular or restricted form; to modify; to limit; to restrict; to restrain; as, to qualify a statement, claim, or proposition

  4. Qualifyverb

    hence, to soften; to abate; to diminish; to assuage; to reduce the strength of, as liquors

  5. Qualifyverb

    to soothe; to cure; -- said of persons

  6. Qualifyverb

    to be or become qualified; to be fit, as for an office or employment

  7. Qualifyverb

    to obtain legal power or capacity by taking the oath, or complying with the forms required, on assuming an office

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Qualify

    kwol′i-fī, v.t. to render capable or suitable: to furnish with legal power: to limit by modifications: to soften: to abate: to reduce the strength of: to vary: (Scots law) to prove, confirm.—v.i. to take the necessary steps to fit one's self for a certain position.—adj. Qual′ifiable.—ns. Qualificā′tion, that which qualifies: a quality that fits a person for a place, &c.: (logic) the attaching of quality, or the distinction of affirmative and negative, to a term: abatement: (Shak.) pacification; Qual′ificātive, that which qualifies, modifies, or restricts: a qualifying term or statement; Qual′ificātor (R.C.), one who prepares ecclesiastical causes for trial.—adj. Qual′ificātory.—p.adj. Qual′ified, fitted: competent: modified: limited.—adv. Qual′ifiedly.—ns. Qual′ifiedness; Qual′ifier.—adj. Qual′ifying.—Property qualification, the holding of a certain amount of property as a condition to the right of suffrage, &c. [Fr.,—Low L. qualificāre—L. qualis, of what sort, facĕre, to make.]

Editors Contribution

  1. qualify

    The capacity and ability to act and do and have the accurate and specific proof of that ability.

    She did qualify for the Director job and achieved so much.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 9, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'qualify' in Verbs Frequency: #568

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of qualify in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of qualify in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of qualify in a Sentence

  1. Robert Smith:

    At the present time you have boxers going around the world trying to qualify for the Olympics. Are you going to say,' thanks very much but goodbye, we are going to have somebody else'.

  2. Bill Clinton:

    She will bring to the Presidency the skill, experience and wisdom that is needed in a President and Commander in Chief, having myself served in numerous diplomatic and national security positions starting in 1960, I am convinced that Secretary Clinton has the leadership qualities that far and away qualify her best to be our next President.

  3. Gregg Berhalter:

    Being the youngest team in the world to qualify for the World Cup is no easy task, it’s a proud moment for the team, proud moment for U.S. Soccer, and we’re looking forward to competing in the World Cup again.

  4. Ziva Branstetter:

    And that is one of the things our sources told us he could not qualify at the range, you have to get a certain score. And then supervisors were told to go ahead and sign it anyway. They refused and they were transferred.

  5. Liang Wenchong:

    I am working hard to prepare for upcoming season and hopefully can qualify for the Olympics, however, it does n’t mean I will participate in a large amount of tournaments.

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